Fees & finance

Non-refundable Application Fee
£45 to be submitted with your application form.

Each family is required to pay a £1000 deposit on accepting a place for their child. This is refunded when your child leaves the kindergarten provided all fees have been paid in full and a term’s notice has been given.

  • 4 full days (24 hours): £2,681 per term
  • 3 full days one morning (22 hours): £2,457 per term
  • 2 full days 2 mornings (20 hours): £2,234 per term
  • 1 full day 3 mornings (18 hours):  £2,011 per term
  • 3 full days (18 hours):  £2,011 per term
  • 2 full days 1 morning (16 hours): £1,862 per term
  • 4 mornings (16 hours): £1,862 per term
  • 1 full day 2 mornings (14 hours): £1,630 per term
  • 3 mornings (12 hours): £1,397 per term

A full day runs from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm (6 hours) and a morning runs from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm (4 hours).

Part-time places are offered to 3-year olds only. Once a child has turned 4 he/she is expected to attend a minimum of 18 hours a week.

All fees are due one week before the start of term or per the date on the invoice.
Payment can be made:

  • By cheque

    Please make all cheques payable to “The Children’s Garden” and send them to Birgit Möller at 26 Hazledene Road, London W4 3JB.

  • By direct bank transfer

    Triodos Bank, Brunel House, 11 The Promenade, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3FA.
    Sort Code: 16 58 10
    Account No.: 02939600
    Account name: The Children’s Garden

Parents of 5 and 6-year-olds, who are no longer entitled to the Early Education Funding, also have the option of paying by monthly standing order.

Payment by standing order needs to commence one month ahead of each term, namely in August for the autumn term, in December for the spring term and in April for the summer term. Due dates for each instalment will be indicated on your invoice.

All parents have the option of paying through their employer’s childcare voucher scheme. Payments in this case are made monthly and should reach us at the same time as payments by standing order as indicated on your invoice.

The Children’s Garden is currently registered with Accor, Busy Bees, Care-4, Edenred, Fair Care, Fideliti, KiddiVouchers, Computershare and Allsave, but happy to register with further schemes in the event your employer is signed up with a different scheme provider.

The kindergarten reserves the right to refuse acceptance of payment by childcare vouchers in the event that payments are persistently late or below the required amount.

Childcare vouchers will soon be replaced by the Government’s new Tax-Free Childcare scheme. The kindergarten is already registered for this scheme and we will keep you informed as the system is being rolled out. It will first be available for parents with children under 4 from 31 August 2017.

It is essential for the smooth running of the kindergarten that fee payments reach us on time. Payments that are more than two weeks overdue incur a 2.5% late payment charge and in the event your payment is more than four weeks overdue a 5% charge will be added to your bill.

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to the Early Education Funding for up to 15 hours per week. The amount is calculated by the Local Education Authority and paid directly to the kindergarten. The entitlement is given in the term following the child turning 3. Children who qualify for the grant will receive free basic nursery care and parents will be charged for extra services and hours above the entitlement.

We require one term’s notice if a child is leaving, otherwise a full term’s fees will be charged and the deposit retained. If less than a term’s notice is given when a child leaves and another child takes the place of the child leaving then just the deposit will be retained. However, if the place is only taken on a part-time basis, the difference in fees will still be charged to the parents of the child leaving. In the event of a parent being asked to remove a child, one term’s notice will be given by the kindergarten.